A new skull and a new beginning

Humans often ponder why we exist, where we came from and how we got here. We ask questions that are rather deep and intellectual because we’re curious by nature. Philosophy aside, the theory of evolution is deeply rooted in our education.

For the past two million years, the human race has evolved and adapted. Scientists are continuously studying human evolution. These seekers of the past study how our ancestors discovered fire and how we went from nomads to

The skull being unearthed at the dig site. Image from USA Today.
The skull being unearthed at the dig site. Image from USA Today.

farmers. Recently, these scientists found something that might make us rethink human evolution. Scientists in the Republic of Georgia have discovered a skull that may be a missing link in our evolutionary chain.

This skull is rather different from previous remains. These scientists have theorized that, just like the many distinct aspects in people today, the hominids from the same species may look different from each other as well. Bob could look different from Bill, who may look different from Heather. A team led by paleontologist David Lordkipanidze has developed such a theory in the journal Science.

The skull, known as Skull 5, was originally excavated in 2005. Skull 5 is considered to be the world’s first completely preserved skull. Unlike other Homo fossils, Skull 5 looked rather primitive; it still has the ape-like features of our early ancestors. These remains, along with the other Eurasian hominid fossils, gave the scientists a chance to compare and contrast between the earlier travelers. Lordkipanidze concluded that the differences were no more pronounced than the comparison between humankind and chimpanzees found in our jungles.

Scientists are hopeful that this new clue will allow them to crack the mystery of our evolution. If all else fails, it makes for a good story to read to our children.